When we talk about a complete diet, we always mention green vegetables, fruits, grains, and pulses. While they all are part of a complete diet, they are incomplete without the taste that comes from salt or sugar. In the present time, where people are following various diet plans, which calls for minimum salt intake or so,
it is important to understand that salt is necessary and it’s high we bring back all varieties of salt in our regular diet. According to a social media post by celebrity nutritionist and author Rujuta Diwekar, “Shushruta, Charaka, Vagbhat, the main contributors to Ayurveda, have written a lot about the uses of a variety of salts and their medicinal value. She mentions, “Yogis are known to use at least 5 different types of lavana or salts in their routine to progress in the practice of asana. These pancha lavana are - Saindhava, samudra, suvarchala, vida and romaka.” Scroll below to know the benefits of salts, how to use them and why we need to add different varieties of salts in our daily routine.
Benefits of using varied salts Rujuta states that using varied salts helps in keeping the nerves strong, maintains electrolyte balance, reduces cramping and bloating, and is highly effective with digestion problems, including IBS.
How to use different types of salts It is suggested to use Sendha Namak (Saindhava) in daily regular cooking. It is generally used in cooking fasting foods, like arbi, suran, rajgira, kuttu, etc. Rujuta suggests using Samudra (sea salt or jaada namak), to soak dals and pulses and also use it during the bath to rejuvenate the body. Suvarchala (black salt) is good for sherbets and chutneys and also for gargling. And Vida and Romaka varieties are perfect for therapeutic purposes. Is iodized salt bad for you? While many social media forwards have created a myth around the use of iodized salt, Rujuta stresses, “No, they are not bad at all. One should continue using it, but do know that all salts contain minerals including iodine and that when you deprive yourself of the diversity, you deprive yourself of the full health benefit that comes from meals.”
Salt is important According to Rujuta, salt is not the villain it’s made out to be. Salt is an integral part of our daily diet and it is important to have salt in every meal. However, one should develop the habit of using at least 4 types of salts regularly in daily life which include Rock salt, Sea salt, Black salt, and Table salt for holistic well-being.